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Omnic crisis battle

A massive battle of the Omnic Crisis near Eichenwalde, as depicted in The Last Bastion.

The first Omnic Crisis was an era when the world was ravaged in war between omnics infected by God Programs and humans. It plays a massive role in the story and lore of Overwatch.


The BeginningEdit

Omniums were originally built by the Omnica Corporation to develop self-improving robots called Omnics. The factories were closed down when the company was shut down for fraud. Then, thirty years ago, omniums across the world were infected by God Programs and reawakened, developing militarized Omnics with which to attack humans.

Bastion was the standard unit produced by the Omniums, and other classes were produced as well, such as the occasional Titan.

Initial ResponseEdit

Russia was the first country to be affected. They responded by producing giant human-piloted mechs called Svyatogors to combat the Omnics. As the crisis spread to the rest of the world, other nations were forced to develop their own solutions. The United States created the Soldier Enhancement Program, and J08 produced Crusader Armor in Germany. However, no country could effectively fight back against the Omnics.


When the countries individual self-defense programs proved to be failing, the United Nations developed a small, experimental task force called Overwatch. Its members were among the world's most ingenious soldiers and strategists. They were Jack Morrison and Gabriel Reyes from the United States, Reinhardt Wilhelm from Germany, Torbjörn Lindholm from Sweden, Ana Amari from Egypt, and Liao, whose involvement is unknown.

Together, the team targeted and dismantled omniums, quarantined God Programs, and destroyed and disassembled nearly all Bastion units. The Omnic Crisis ended under their leadership, and Overwatch was made into a global peacekeeping organization.


In addition to the rise of Overwatch, omnics around the world became second class citizens with few rights and little respect. Omnic rights movements would not gain much traction until after Overwatch fell.


Australia makes an effort to remain on good terms with omnics, going so far as to gift the Outback's omnium to the omnics. This did not end well, as human Outback citizens formed the Australian Liberation Front and blew up the omnium, irradiating the region and scattering scrap for kilometers.


In the Cinematic Trailer, Rio de Janeiro can be seen as it is bombed by fighter jets, presumably controlled by omnics. The city was hit hard by the economic upheaval afterwards.


The population of India was displaced by the crisis. The city of Utopaea was built by the Vishkar Corporation to house them.


The omnics destroyed most of Mexico's power grid and infrastructure. Mexicans nicknamed the crisis 'La Medianoche' due to the figurative and literal darkness that resulted. Today, war hero and former president Guillermo Portero hopes to reverse the damage with his company LumériCo. Many children were left orphaned after the attack, one of them being Sombra.


Russian forces managed to shut down the Siberian omnium without much help from Overwatch, and the Russian people are very proud of it. The nation experienced economic growth thanks to mechanized labor's revitalization. However, the omnium restarted years later, and Russia was forced to restart their Svyatogor factories and train new soldiers to combat the Second Omnic Crisis.

South KoreaEdit

South Korea was attacked by a colossal omnic that rose from the sea 10 years after the Omnic Crisis. The military founded MEKA to combat it. Every battle MEKA had ended in a stalemate, with the omnics being driven back but not defeated. The omnics would adapt to MEKA's strategies, and they eventually had to put human pilots into their mechs for combat. MEKA continues to fight the omnics today.

Trivia Edit

  • In Blizzcon 2014 Overwatch Unveiled Panel, Chris Metzen stated that the story of Overwatch takes place "something like 60 years into the future". In the Are You With Us? short, Winston provides the information that the Omnic Crisis took place "30 years ago" (from the current present). According to these details, one can deduce that the Omnic Crisis started around 2044-2046.[1]
    • In Orisa's Bio, it is stated that from "the end of the war" until the game's present day (when OR15 Program started and Orisa was made), it had been approximately 20 years. It means the Omnic Crisis had lasted for 10 years.

See alsoEdit

Preferences Edit

  1. Blizzcon 2014 Overwatch Unveiled Panel

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